Comparing the Olympus E-3 to its competitors

The E-3 compared with the alternatives

FTU's E-3 launch coverage so far:

Inevitably, we end up comparing the specifications of one model with another, so we hope the table below will make things a bit easier. We've included the E-510, not as an alternative to an E-3, but to give potential upgraders an idea of what they can expect over the 510.

NOTE: some corrections and additions to this table have been made since first publication 

Olympus E-510 Nikon
Alpha A700
Price (UK ) body only street price 1099 5299201299775455999
Megapixels101010121010 12
Pixel pitch (microns) 5.5
Sensor format4:34:33:23:23:23:23:2
Cropping factor2x2x1.5x1.5x1.6x1.5x1.5x
Viewfinder magnification (50mm)1.15x0.92x0.94x0.940.95x.95x.90x
Viewfinder coverage100%95%95%100%95% 95% 95%
Shutter speed range 60s- 1/8000th 60s - 1/4000th 30s - 1/8000th 30s - 1/8000th 30s - 1/8000th 30s - 1/4000th 30s - 1/8000th
Flash X-sync1/250th1/180th1/250th1/250th1/250th1/180th1/250th
Maximum ISO range100-3200100-1600100-3200100-6400100-3200100-1600100-6400
Burst mode shooting rate5fps3fps5fps6fps (8fps with grip)6.5fps3fps5fps
Image Stabilisation optionsSensor IS + selected IS lensesSensor IS + selected IS lensesSelected IS lensesSelected IS lensesSelected IS lensesSensor ISSensor IS
Active dust reductionSupersonic Wave FilterSupersonic Wave FilterNoneVibrated sensor filterVibrated sensor filterSensor shakeSensor shake
ConstructionAlloy chassisEngineering plasticsAlloy chassisAlloy chassis Alloy chassis Polycarbonate and steel chassis Alloy chassis
Weather sealed?YesNoYesYes Partial YesYes
AF points1131151 9 1111
Cross-type111115 9 9 1?
Main LCD display size2.5 inches2.5 inches2.5 inches3.0 inches3.0 inches2.5 inches3.0 inches
Live View YesYesNoYesYesNoNo
AF in Live View Interrupst live view No-Yes (tripod mode) Interrupts live view --
Articulating screenYesNoNoNoNoNoNo
Built in flashYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Memory card type(s) Compact Flash I+II, xD Compact Flash I+II, xDCompact Flash I+IICompact Flash I+IICompact Flash I+IISD+SDHCCompact Flash I+II, MS Duo
Weight (no battery or grip) 800g 460g830g825g740g710g690g
Dimensions (body only, no grip)142 x 116 x 74.5mm 136 x 91.5 x 56 mm147 x 113 x 74 mm147 x 114 x 74 mm146 x 108 x 74 mm142 x 101 x 70 mm142 x 105 x 80 mm

* Same spec. as Samsung GX10

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